Revolting Recipes: Books for Kids

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Do you love trying new foods? Are you the kind of kid who volunteers to try chocolate-dipped cockroaches or lutefisk? Then do I have some books for you! But beware, young foodies, what lies ahead is not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach. Got a craving for food history? In Pass the Pandowdy, Please you'll meet historical […]

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Brown Bear, Brown Bear, We See You’re Turning 50!

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A family favorite across generations, Bill Martin, Jr. and Eric Carle's classic Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? is celebrating its 50th year delighting readers. The bright, colorful illustrations and rhythmic repetition of the text draw in young listeners, often followed by refrains of "Read it again!" Brown Bear, Brown Bear is available in multiple formats. Originally […]

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Peace Is a BIG Idea

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"Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal." - Martin Luther King, Jr., 1967 Difficult to define and even harder to illustrate, peace is a timely message that needs to be shared again and again. What better way to celebrate the birthday of […]

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Let’s Have Some Winter Fun!

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It’s a magical time of year following the holidays and ringing in the New Year. But now that the kids' holiday excitement may be turning into boredom, how are you going to spend your time until they go back to school? If you don't have one already, I’ve got just the plan for you. Chicago is […]

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Winter Solstice: 5 Articles to Welcome Winter

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The cold weather has set in and it sure feels like winter, but the winter solstice is still around the corner. December 21 marks the beginning of winter and the longest night and shortest day of the year. Enjoy the following articles on winter found using CPL's Online Resources. If the article is available freely on […]

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Celebrate 50 Years of Kwanzaa: Books for Kids

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Share in the 50th annual celebration of Kwanzaa! Created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, Kwanzaa celebrates family, culture and heritage. While it is rooted in African traditions, all people are invited to join in. Kwanzaa starts on December 26 and lasts for seven days, one for each of the Nguzo Saba ("seven principles" in Swahili). Learn more about Kwanzaa and […]

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Hanukkah Through the Ages: Books for Kids

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Jewish families have celebrated Hanukkah for thousands of years by lighting candles that celebrate miracles and the bravery of the Maccabees as they recaptured the Temple of Jerusalem. As a child, one of my favorite parts of the holiday was to light my special menorah—made out of fabric and Velcro so the candles "burned" all day and night […]

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Christmas Around the World

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Have you ever wondered how people around the world celebrate Christmas? There are lots and lots of traditions from other countries that you may recognize from your own family's celebrations, such as decorating a tree or a visit from Santa Claus, but just where did these traditions come from? If Santa Claus has ever visited […]

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Take Part, Take Action: International Day of Persons with Disabilities

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Join the celebration of International Day of Persons with Disabilities by supporting the rights of persons with disabilities and promoting a just and inclusive society. Take part with your family by attending our creative musical play events with ScribbleMonster and checking out these inspiring picture books featuring strong kids with disabilities. A positive, straightforward text with […]

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National Day of Listening for Kids

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Ah, the day after Thanksgiving. It's the perfect time to sprawl out on your couch with a heaping plate of leftovers and catch up with the whole family. That's why StoryCorps and families across America have started celebrating the Friday after Thanksgiving as National Day of Listening. While you have your loved ones together, why not take turns asking questions like: What […]

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